Federal government: CT a target of election hacking

by Antonio Miles September 23, 2017, 1:17
Federal government: CT a target of election hacking

DHS officials confirmed this week that the 21 instances of scanning and attempted breaches of state election systems are linked to Russian hackers.

That comes as election officials in 21 states were told by the federal agency that hackers targeted their systems past year, although most were not breached. The attempt failed, Homeland Security told the state.

Haas said the commission is seeking more specific information, including when the scanning activity occurred in 2016. Haas testified at that hearing that Wisconsin had not been notified of any hacking attempt by Homeland Security and concluded that Wisconsin was not a target.

"Our IT system has a firewall and when the scan came through, it recognized what was happening and stopped it from entering the system", he said.

Ebel on Friday said he wasn't aware that the Secretary of State's Office had been communicating with federal agencies about suspected Russian hacker IP addresses.

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The disclosure Friday comes as the commission was working on ramping up its security measures.

Trump won the election and has called the Russian Federation story a hoax.

The disclosures to states come as a special counsel probes whether there was any coordination during the 2016 campaign between Russian Federation and associates of President Donald Trump. Trump also won Pennsylvania, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to do so since 1988.

Wisconsin elections officials are putting together a formal security plan in advance of next fall's election.

The election for U.S. Senate and governor tops the November 2018 ballot in Wisconsin, but there are dozens of other local races to be decided.


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